Ministry surveying past school truants
News On Japan via Yomiuri -- Jun 25
The number of primary and middle school students who refuse to attend class has exceeded 100,000 for 14 consecutive years, prompting the education ministry to begin a survey of 20-year-olds who refused to go to middle school five years ago.
The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry will conduct a follow-up survey this fiscal year for the first time in 13 years, sending questionnaires to about 28,000 young people to ask about such things as the reasons for their refusal, and their family environments and economic situations at the time.
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